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|Title: Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven|
By: John Eliot Gardiner
Number of Pages: 672
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.2 X 6.2 X 1.2 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 16 ounces
Stock No: WW031436
One of the Best Books of the Year
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Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaqueand occasionally so intemperate?
John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every day on the stairs of his parents house, where it hung for safety during World War II. He has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and is now regarded as one of the composers greatest living interpreters. The fruits of this lifetimes immersion are distilled in this remarkable book, grounded in the most recent Bach scholarship but moving far beyond it, and explaining in wonderful detail the ideas on which Bach drew, how he worked, how his music is constructed, how it achieves its effectsand what it can tell us about Bach the man.
John Eliot Gardiner is one of the worlds leading conductors, not only of Baroque music but across the whole repertoire. He founded the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, the Orchestre de lOpéra de Lyon, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. He has conducted most of the worlds great orchestras and in many of the leading opera houses. He lives and farms in Dorset, England.
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